Amazon STEM Club Part 2

We were excited to receive our second shipment from Amazon’s Stem Club. Well, maybe I was more excited than my kiddo but still we were excited! The box came in the mail and, of course, as with any other package, my daughter asked, “Is that for me?”

She got more and more excited as she opened the box because she realized it was a toy! She was very excited to find Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center. This particle toy costs $32.99 on amazon, which getting for $19.99 as a STEM Club member is a deal! My daughter has gotten a good amount of hours playing with the drill set. She is not very into using the provided sheets of pattern, more of a freestyle kind of girl for now! The tools are easy to use and so are the screws. All the pieces can be stored in the original box, which is a great plus.

Overall, I have enjoyed my subscription to STEM Club but I have decided to cancel (easy to do so, thanks Amazon). I love all the educational toys but that will mean 12 toys that I did not pick out sent to my house that I need to organize, donate and deal with. At this time, I would rather have my child pick out a toy or steer my child towards a toy that I believe my child should have! Isn’t that wonderful parenting?! Regarding STEM Club, I am sure that in some years, I’m thinking school age, we will revisit this subject. Until then.

Amazon STEM Club Part 1

While browsing toys on Amazon(in preparation for the upcoming Christmas), I came across Stem Club.  I am all for educational toys so of course I clicked on the thumbnail to find out what exactly Stem Club is!

It turned out to be monthly subscription of $19.99 where you get one STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math) toy each month in the age range that you choose.

I decided to give STEM Club a go after reading many positive reviews. Once the item was preparing for shipping, I could see what toy would soon arrive at our house.

Our first toy that came was Kids First Automobile Engineer Kit, which retails at $40+. The age group that I selected was 3-4 years.

Regarding our first shipment, I have been pleasantly surprised! My daughter has spent hours playing with this toy! She still has a hard time building according to the guide booklet but that does not stop her from building structures/cars to her liking. I love that it all fits in the box it came in for easy storage and clean up. I have decided to keep the subscription for another month!

Upgrade Your Sleep: the Mattress

Do you wake up tired, sore, and almost falling off your bed? Is there a migration of the kids, the dog, and maybe even the cat into your bed? Maybe not the case for you, but it is the unaltered reality of our life!

Our kids, who both have their own beds, fall asleep in their own beds. Of course, at times the kids just have a way of ending up in our bed.

Therefore, we have been talking about upgrading our queen mattress to a KING! Below is a short list of pros and cons to justify getting a new mattress!

PROS

  • More ROOM on the bed!
  • Probably with get better sleep, contingent upon what mattress we get
  • Can redesign the bedroom

Photo by Vladislav Muslakov on Unsplash

CONS

  • Need to buy a new mattress: mattress shopping can be exhausting!
  • Need to buy a king size bed, sheets, bed covers
  • Will take up more room in the bedroom
  • What will we do the current furniture/mattress!?

After considering the pros and cons, we are still going with our impulse to purchase a new KING mattress. We are pursuing the thought of a good night sleep!!! Now, on to dealing with the cons…

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

 

 

three wrinkled apples: One Amazing Apple Dutch Baby

So I had three apples. Three wrinkled, old apples that were past their prime freshness. They were left behind time and time again, no one wanted to eat those three apples.

I peeled them, sliced them, put them in a pan with some butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Well! Now they looked delicious!

     

Then I added some batter to the pan (flour, sugar, salt, eggs, half-and-half, vanilla extract) and into the oven all of it went! A couple minutes later, more like 18, out came out an amazing, delicious apple Dutch baby!

You can sprinkle some powdered sugar on top but it was so pretty I really did not think it was necessary. Those three apples and some extra calories were gone in no time!

I followed this recipe http://www.olgasflavorfactory.com/breakfast/apple-dutch-baby-german-apple-pancake/ 

Jello Bites aka Broken Glass Jello

These jello bites are an elegant way to serve jello. They are delicious and a showstopper your guests will have to try. You can combine any flavors for different color variations. Pink and purple for a little girl, blue and green for boys, or even the colors of your favorite team to show your support. Today, I used red and blue to celebrate Independence Day! The combinations are only limited by your imagination or the colors available at your grocery store!

Here are the simple ingredients:
4 (3 oz) boxes of Jello
2 envelopes unflavored gelatine
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
Boiling water


Instructions:
1. Dissolve each 3 oz. Jello packet with 1 cup of hot water.
2. Pour into containers and chill.
3. Once solid, cut up the Jello into squares and mix the colors in a glass 9 x 13 casserole dish.
4. In a separate bowl, sprinkle 2 packets of gelatine over 1/2 cup of cold water and let it bloom. Add 1 ½ cups of boiling water.
5. Add the condensed milk to the gelatine mixture. Stir until combined.
6. Pour the room temperature* condensed milk mixture into the casserole dish.
7. Chill until the Jello sets or overnight. Cut into squares and serve.

*Make sure your milk mixture is room temperature or else your colors will bleed a little, like mine. Unless, of course, that’s the look you are going for!